Celebrity chef and self-described "privileged Eastern liberal" Anthony Bourdain slammed his fellow leftist elites this week, arguing that their disdain for working-class Americans helped create "the upswell of rage and contempt" that propelled Donald Trump to the presidency.
"The utter contempt with which privileged Eastern liberals such as myself discuss red-state, gun-country, working-class America as ridiculous and morons and rubes is largely responsible for the upswell of rage and contempt and desire to pull down the temple that we're seeing now," Bourdain said in an interview with Reason magazine. read more
In a statement, Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino said his controversial comments about the President and Michelle Obama came during an "emotional moment" and he never intended them to be seen by the public at large.
"I never intended to hurt the minority community who I spent years trying to help out of the cycle of poverty in our inner cities," Paladino said in the statement. "To them I apologize."
The statement follows a firestorm that erupted Friday after ArtsVoice, a weekly Buffalo publication, published Paladino's wish list for 2017, which included the hopes that President Obama would have sex with a cow and die from mad cow disease and that Michelle Obama would be "let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe" to live in a cave with a gorilla.
A gunman shot and killed Russia's ambassador to Turkey Monday at an art exhibition in Ankara, Russia's foreign ministry said.
Ambassador Andrey Karlov was giving a speech at the opening ceremony of a photo exhibit when an assailant opened fire, Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said.
In a video circulating on social media that shows the shooting of the ambassador, the gunman is heard shouting, "Allahu akbar (God is great). Do not forget Aleppo! Do not forget Syria! Do not forget Aleppo! Do not forget Syria!"
"Get back! Get back!" the man can be heard shouting in Turkish as he waves a gun.
"Only death will remove me from here. Everyone who has taken part in this oppression will one by one pay for it," he said.
Vanity Fair magazine broke a record for subscriptions on the same day that President-elect Donald Trump blasted the magazine on Twitter, increasing daily subscribers a reported hundredfold. The magazine put up a banner on its website following the criticism from Trump, calling itself the "magazine Trump doesn't want you to read" and encouraging readers to subscribe. Trump targeted Vanity Fair on Twitter after the publication published a negative review of Trump Grill, calling it possibly the "worst restaurant in America."
Ilhan Omar made history Tuesday night as the nation's first Somali-American legislator, with a commanding win in a state House race.
Omar, a 34-year-old Muslim-American woman who proudly wears the hijab, is suddenly thrust into leadership of a rapidly emerging DFL coalition that is younger, more urban and more racially and ethnically diverse than at any time in its history.